DIY: Basket Storage

I am always on the lookout for extra storage space, but I also like to put our little stamp on things to make it uniquely us.

We had some extra space in the laundry room and decided to add some cabinets.  We went back to our old faithful cabinet shop and found some small wall cabinets that fit perfectly.  These are the size and shape usually used above the fridge, but we used three side by side to create the look we were going for.

We mounted them flush to the ceiling using cabinet screws.  

Then we cut a piece of 1/4" furniture grade plywood to make a bottom for the cabinets:

and trimmed them out with a simple cove molding.

For the paint, I used Sherwin-Williams ProClassic oil base, just like on the laundry riser.  

As I started painting the cabinets, I realized I didn't want a monolithic block of cabinet doors and experimented with this basket I had on hand:

I liked the look of it, so I headed to Michael's to find some matching baskets and these stenciling tools:

and labelled the baskets with things I keep in the mud room: garden, auto, lights and misc:

I kept the doors on the either end to add a little interest.  And there you have it!

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  1. Wow! Very nice. Extra storage is always so nice to have, and your is so elegant!

  2. This is fantastic! I love the baskets. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial. Megan

  3. Very nice. Love the basket "cubbies" with the doors on the ends.

  4. This is a Fantastic idea - not just for laundry rooms but for those empty ceiling spaces in a spare bedroom to store collections or even a guest bathroom for towels and toiletries!

    BRAVA !!!

  5. that's a great way to get extra storage! we have something like that in the kitchen that i'd love to get the boyfriend to turn into storage like yours.